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Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

The Austin City Council unanimously moved to cut its police department budget by $150 million on Thursday, The Texas Tribune reports.

Why it matters: Austin is the first of Texas's four largest cities to slash its police funding, per the Tribune. The cut is also one of the biggest percentage decreases in the U.S. this year.

  • The vote comes after the city's police department faced criticism for the April killing of Mike Ramos, an unarmed Black and Hispanic man.
  • Local law enforcement has also been called out for its use of force against anti-police protesters following the killing of George Floyd.

The other side: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Twitter slammed Austin City Council's vote, writing: "Dems continue their assault on police. Why do they value radical politics more than your family’s safety?"

The budget cut amounts to about $21 million effective immediately. That mostly comes from canceling three coming cadet classes, The Washington Post reports.

  • The budget doesn't include any layoffs, but will cut unfilled positions.

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Oct 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Philadelphia police to release 911 tapes of Walter Wallace's shooting

A protest on Tuesday near the location where Walter Wallace was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Philadelphia officials will release 911 tapes and body camera footage involving the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced at a briefing Wednesday.

The big picture: Wallace's death Monday sparked massive protests in the city and the Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday to quell unrest. A curfew that was imposed in Philadelphia from 9 p.m. Wednesday was due to expire at 6 a.m. Thursday.

3 dead after knife "terror" attack in Nice, France

Photo: Valery Hache / AFP) (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images

Three people have been killed and others injured in a stabbing attack at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France, NBC News reports.

The big picture: A man with a knife began the attack at approximately 9 a.m. local time, killing two people inside the church and one who was seeking refuge. Police confirmed that the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.

41 mins ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

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